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Welcome to The D-Word! Stop in and sign the guest book - let us know a little (or a lot) about yourself.

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Ankit Bapna

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John Burgan

Good to have you aboard the D-Word.

Only one proviso: as clearly stated on our registration page, membership is only open to individuals, not couples, groups, collectives, companies, institutions or other plural entities. We have very few rules, but this is one of them. D-Word is a "real-name" community – our members like to know who they are dealing with, so "Wise Guy" is not appropriate.

Of course you can continue to use wiseguyent as your username, you just need to update your profile by adding your name and surname.

We're sure you'll understand – look forward to seeing you online.

vamshi krishna

hi all,
this is vamshi krishna
i'm intrested in making documentaries.
i'm new for making them.

pl advice or guide me in this regard.

Sue Swinburne

Hi Everyone,

I've posted a couple of times, but now realise I haven't introduced myself. Sorry!

I was an AP/Producer on docs mostly for Channel 4 in the UK for a while before returning to Australia seven years ago. Two children (and a stint in teaching) later, I'm getting back into filmmaking – now as a director/producer.

Having said that, my most recent outing was as AP on friend and neighbour Mick Angus' film Salt. At the moment I'm working on a project about ordinary folk who are long distance runners and the reasons why they run. I'll be sure to shamelessly self-promote when the time comes!

I really enjoy reading all your posts – thanks to all of you for your generosity with your experience and knowledge.

Sean Michael Beyer


My name is Sean Michael Beyer and I come from the narrative side of filmmaking, having directed & produced numerous short films, music videos and two feature films. My only documentary experience until now, has been a few behind-the-scenes "making of" featurettes you often see as DVD special features.

Yesterday, I began production on a passion project of mine, currently entitled "In Search of My Father". I'm 46 y/o and have never met my real / biological father and plan to document the journey of finding him and hopefully becoming a part of each other's lives. I also plan to interview my family and friends and talk about growing up without a legitimate father figure in my life.

How's that for spilling my guts right out of the shoot! :)

Doug Block

Pretty good, Sean. You're off to a flying start. Given all your pro experience, feel free to register for full membership here and get access to all the discussion topics.

Tom McGlinn

I've been shooting most anything that goes on in this small town for years for three local channels and after attending a lot Maine Media Workshops decided to try to concentrate on short docs.

Tom McGlinn

Thanks a lot, Doug. I've just been having a look around and I'm glad I'm here.

Warren Gentry

Hello Everyone,
My name is Warren Gentry and I live in Raleigh, NC. Here is the short bio that I posted. It probably serves as the best introduction for me. Nice to be here!

I have been in filmmaking for over 30 years and have photographed several feature length documentaries. A few of these films have been awarded regional Emmys. I mainly make my living doing short promotional and informational videos for non-profits, corporations and educational institutions. But as time goes by I find more and more that my interest lie in the long form documentary. I have a couple of projects I am working on now and would like to learn something about the art and craft of finding funding for such endeavors. In addition I have traveled to over twenty-five countries documenting indigenous lifestyles and humanitarian efforts to assist these indigenous peoples.

Here is a partial list of films I have photographed.

"February One": The story of the 4 college students that fired up the civil rights movement in 1960.

"Alamance": A docudrama recreating the first local skirmish between the Queens army and local farmers in North Carolina that was a precursor to the Revolutionary War.

"Melungeon Voices": The story of a mysterious group of mixed race people living in Appalachia.

Doug Block

Welcome, Warren. Glad you found us and good luck with finding $$$. You might want to look through our archives for special discussions we've had about it. And, of course, there's the ongoing Finding Funding topic.

Tomas Corredor

Letf Brooklyn and working again in my country (Colombia)... Hope to show you soon some images of this crazy colombian reality.

John Yaworsky

Filmmaker here near Chicago, mainly indie features and docs. Always have a couple films going. I teach Digital Cinema at DePaul and I am Board President of Living Earth Television ( We are always looking for docs to show internationally. Contact me anytime.

Marj Safinia

Welcome John. You should apply for full membership so you can take advantage of the good stuff.

Charlotte Cook

Hi everyone,

Yeesh, I'm really not good at writing things like this about myself. Just got back from Sundance and the jet lag is hitting me hard. Well, current work-wise I run a documentary screening programme in London, it's only of the only places that regularly show documentaries in London and we have just over 100 screenings a year, which works out at about 2 a week. I love it, just screened Mugabe and the White African today. It was fantastic with a really lively Q&A.

I worked in feature-doc commissioning for two years before this, and I miss it a lot. Graduated from a Masters degree in Documentary Filmmaking about 3 years ago and have continued working on a project I started there which is more a practice exercise than anything but we'll see what happens. I also write for The Documentary Blog, which I really enjoy.

Glad to have joined up, have been meaning to do it for ages and not sure why it took me so long.

Doug Block

Doesn't matter why, Charlotte, you're here and that's all that matters. Now that we have you in our clutches there's no escaping, kiss your free time goodbye. Blog? Screenings? You'll find they have little meaning anymore. It's all D-Word, all the time.

Or not, whatever. Either way, good to have you aboard at last.

Charlotte Cook


Doug – I got the sense I may lose some time to this. Losing time to talking about docs is never a bad thing.

John – I did my MA at Royal Holloway, University of London. It was excellent.

Piers Sanderson


My name is Piers Sanderson, I'm British but live on the east coast of Italy and flit between here and my base in London for meetings and the occasional piece of non doc work.
I graduated from the National Film & Television School in the UK with an MA in documentary direction in 2007. I've had 2 short films in festivals around the world from Sydney to Cambodia, made a TV doc for Channel 4 in the UK and have just finished my first feature doc which gets its US premier at San Fransisco Indie Fest this month then European premier in Thessaloniki in March.
Currently i am trying to get funding for my next feature which is ready to go and have been accepted on to the 2010 European Master School Campus to develop a film for next year, which i am very excited about.